PLA Leadership Fellows Scholarship Program

PLA’s scholarship program, PLA Leadership Fellows, offered in 2009 and 2010, provided PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States.

Past Recipients


  • Stephanie Chase, Director of the Stowe (Vt.) Free Library
  • Chang Liu, Associate Director of Neighborhood Library Services for the District of Columbia Public Library
  • Denise Lyons, a Library Development Consultant with the South Carolina State Library
  • Jennifer Wright, Assistant Chief in the Materials Management Division at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Penn.)


  • Brian A. Bannon, Chief of Branches for San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library
  • Chris Bates, Senior Manager of Library Experiences at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
  • Lynn Hoffman, Information Services Coordinator at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Ishwar Laxminarayan, Director of the Jackson District Library in Jackson, Mich.

Additional Professional Development Resources    

"New Lessons in Library Leadership" Webinar

Attendees at this free webinar, which was originally presented on June 8, 2011, got a fresh perspective on library leadership. A panel of three PLA Leadership Fellow Scholarship winners shared lessons learned from executive leadership training that included the “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. These university programs draw participants from various disciplines in government, non-profit, and the private sector, allowing PLA Fellows to learn leadership and change management concepts among professionals with different perspectives and experiences. Fellows shared highlights from their programs and illustrated how executive leadership lessons make a difference in their work and libraries. Webinar participants received educational resources from the programs and learned how they can bring outside leadership ideas into their libraries.

View the archived recording of this free webinar.

Public Library Management Courses

PLA offers a selection of public library management courses covering topics from Budget and Finance to Serving Diverse Populations. These two-day workshops offer in-depth education and interactive opportunities to help library professionals succeed in dynamic and challenging environments. Throughout each workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from library experts, engage in group exercises, and leave with practical skills for their libraries.

Visit the courses page for more information.


With more than 25 professional publications to choose from, PLA provides a wealth of resources for public librarians. Downloadable training kits make it easy to provide staff education, and books on advocacy, circulation, building management, and more help you do your best every day.

Find a complete list of PLA publications here.